All the major supermarkets have cut fuel prices for the second time in just over a week. Read on to learn what's changing and get even more tips for slashing your fuel bill, including how to find the cheapest petrol and diesel prices near you.
Cheap petrol & diesel: supermarkets cut prices
Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Tesco have all cut prices at the pump, providing some welcome relief for hard-pressed motorists.
Asda kicked things off on Friday morning by announcing diesel would fall by 4p per litre while petrol will be 3p cheaper at all 322 fuel stations.
It means drivers will now pay a maximum of 124.7p per litre on diesel and 123.7p on unleaded petrol.
Sainsbury's and Morrisons followed suit with identical prices cuts (4p on diesel, 3p on petrol), which took effect from Saturday.
Tesco was the last of the 'big four' supermarkets to react – but it was worth waiting for, announcing reductions of 4p on both diesel and petrol.
This is the second cut we've seen from these supermarkets in the last week or so, meaning pump prices are up to 7p per litre cheaper than at the start of the month.
The cuts provide some welcome relief for motorists, who had seen prices rocket by up to 11p a litre between February and May, according to RAC's monthly fuel report.
While price cuts are welcome, it's important you take steps to ensure you get the best possible price every time you fill up. Read on to learn our top tips for finding the cheapest petrol and diesel.
Please note that the rest of this article is an evergreen guide to saving on fuel for new readers. Regular readers will likely be familiar with the tips as it has featured in the newsletter before.
Find the cheapest petrol or diesel station near you
The price you pay for petrol or diesel will vary depending on where you live – and there are even greater variations depending on which specific fuel station you choose to fill up at.
Recent research suggests finding the best value station when filling up could save you £226 on petrol and £158 on diesel on average every year.
So, make sure you do your homework to find the cheapest station in your area.
You can do this easily enough by entering your postcode on PetrolPrices.com and comparing prices nearby.
Petrol station loyalty cards
Various petrol stations offer loyalty cards, which can help you save on the cost of filling up.
For example, Texaco operates the Star Rewards scheme. You get one point for every litre of petrol or diesel that you buy.
Once you hit 500 points, you can turn that into a £5 voucher to use the next time you fill the car. You'll get 50 bonus points for signing up, getting you well on the way to the 500-point mark.
Alternatively, you can convert those points into vouchers for retailers including Argos and Marks & Spencer.
Shell operates a similar scheme called Shell Drivers Club, where two points are effectively worth 1p.
You'll get one point for every litre of Shell Regular diesel, Shell Regular unleaded and Shell Autogas LPG, or two points for every litre of V-Power unleaded or diesel.
Further points can be earned when you spend in the service station, or if you get your car washed. Finally, you can bag a bonus 200 points by registering your card online. You can then convert 500 points into a £2.50 voucher.
In 2019, BP is to drop out of the Nectar point scheme and launch its own loyalty scheme, although further details are yet to be confirmed. In June, Esso will join the Nectar point scheme.
Pay with the right credit card
Using the right credit card to pay for your fuel is also an easy way to save cash.
The ASDA Cashback Plus Credit Card will give you 2% cashback on fuel purchased at ASDA (as well as on all ASDA shopping). However, there's a £36 annual fee to consider.
The ASDA Cashback Credit Card, meanwhile, pays 1% cashback on all ASDA fuel purchases and has no annual fee.
As always with cashback cards, only use them if you can pay off your debt in full each month, or the interest you rack up will far outweigh the benefits.
Improve your car's fuel efficiency!
The final way to ensure that you pay as little for your petrol and diesel every time you fill up is to make your fuel go further.
Here are some simple things that the motoring experts at WhatCar? recommend doing to improve your fuel efficiency.
Remove excess weight
Take those bulky items out if you don’t need them – if the baby is staying at home, so can their buggy!
Things like bike racks and roof boxes add extra wind resistance, so your car has to work harder. If you aren’t using them, take them off.
Look after your car
Get your car serviced regularly and pump up your tyres. Look after your car, and it will look after your bank balance.
Plan your journey
Work out your route before you head off. That way you won’t end up driving further than necessary, or get stuck in traffic.
Do you really need the air con on?
Unless you really need it, leave the air conditioning off. The same goes for all other electrical appliances in the car.
Be gentle with your gear changes and braking.
Some modern cars are fitted with engine stop-start technology. Making the most of that, by taking your foot off the clutch when you are stationary, will help you save fuel.
WhatCar? research suggests that driving at 80mph uses up to 25% more fuel than going at 70mph.
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